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  1. Sunday isn't the 17th. Did you mean Friday the 17th or Sunday the 19th?
  2. I understand the difference between the protocols, my question is more about data back up. Since with POP3, my email client pulls the mail from the TCH server and it then resides on my PC. Now it is clearly my responsibility to manage and backup. With IMAP, the email will reside and stay on the TCH server, I will simply view it from my PC or phone. Now TCH has a nice backup policy for their servers (twice daily if I remember right), but it is still my responsibility to maintain backups, right? What I'm curious about is what is the best way to do that. Manually via FTP (if so, where is it stored?) or is there an automated way to back up my mail? This may be a moot point as I'm seriously considering just to Google Apps and then the data will be stored on Google's server, but I'd still like to know the best way to back up my mail.
  3. I'm thinking of switching my mail over to Google Apps. While my hosting is here at TCH, another company provides my domain registration. Do I contact TCH or the other provider for changing the MX & CNAME info?
  4. I want to change over to IMAP for all of my email accounts, but I want to understand about backing up my mail first. If I remember correctly, TCH backs up each server twice daily. I assume that includes any emails stored on the server as well, correct? Of course, ultimately it is my responsibility to back up my own site and email, not rely on TCH. How would I do that if I'm using IMAP? Where is the mail stored? I use dbsender to automate my blog database backups, is there a way to automate backing up my email? Lastly, anything, settings wise, that I shold know about using IMAP with my TCH accounts (I'll be using Thunderbird as my email client).
  5. Thanks, I've done the whois search, but I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at. It lists the IP as belonging to GoDaddy, so would they be the host or just the registrar? I've since discovered that he also owned the domain for another club site, but in that listing the club itself is the company, he's just the representative. We plan on contacting the moderators there to see what they're doing. I certainly understand that the hosting company is not likely to be cooperative. I guess we'll have to cross that bridge when we get there. I'm trying to find out what our options are, if we have options. I need to go get on the vBulletin user's forum and ask there too.
  6. As far as I know, no one has access to anything, admin wise. I'm not sure anyone knows who hosts the site. I've sent a message to the closest thing we have as a site admin now to see what progress has been made.
  7. That title ought to raise some eyebrows. Here's the situation. I belong to a pretty active online community for the classic car I own. The site owner passed away and no one on the site has admin access to the vBulletin installation. There's also some other static pages on the site. We don't know who the hosting is with and we don't know when it will expire. The domain is paid up until late 2009. It's been a couple of months and the site is mostly running OK, but I know that won't continue forever. The hosting will come due and the domain will expire. His wife is not returning calls or emails, which I can understand. Mostly, I think those in contact with her have been patient and not too pushy, but I don't know. What I'm wondering is if there's a way to somehow get the vBulletin database. If the database could be acquired, we could move on, even to a new domain name without having to bother her to find his records. Certainly, it's a sticky situation. Also, how can we find out who is hosting his site? I know it sounds perhaps a little shady, but there is years of info on our cars in that vBulletin database. He worked hard to build this community and I'd hate to see it lost.
  8. Using the source they provide, yes, if you limit to WP 2.5 you get 3. If you leave it as any version you get what they reported, 42. For MT the only choice is any and you get zero for 2008. It's an apples to apples comparison by a neutral third party, namely the US government. 42 vulnerabilities in all versions of WP so far this year, zero in all versions of MT. Total WP has 122 since 2004, MT has had 11 since 2003 for all versions of either platform. That said, the statistics are perhaps a bit misleading taken at face value, and there is a good discussion of why that may be true in the comments of that post. In short, the numbers include not just WP but plugins as well (same for MT, but there are a lot more WP plugins I guess), and because WP has been open source from the start and MT is only recently, there may have been better reporting for WP vs. MT. Matt (I assume from Automatic/WP) points out that there have been 3 security issues in MT this year, but the stats quoted don't show any. Anil counters with his own arguments on why looking at the big picture, plugins and all, is valid. So I agree, you need to be careful with the stats and understand what you are looking at. I think even taking those things into account, MT has a better track record of security.
  9. There are a couple of links in that MT article, but there have evidently been a lot of WP sites getting hacked. I guess it's possible that some are hacked and the owners don't even know it. I don't think it's a spam or comment related issue, but I'm not really sure as I don't use WP.
  10. MT: A History of Security Yeah, it's by SixApart so of course they are going toot their own horn, but the stats are interesting. WordPress is having a series of security issues lately, hopefully for all those using it those will get ironed out. Meantime, I take comfort in knowing that MT has a strong track record in security.
  11. That link should help, but I think you should be looking for an 'MTEntries' tag in the Category archive template rather than the 'MTArchiveList' tag. The default sort order should be newest at the top, but that can be overridden by the 'sort_order' attribute. See this page on MTEntries in the docs. It says: When MTEntries is used in the context of a Category archive, the results are automatically filtered by category. 'MTArchiveList' is used to create a list of a specific type of entries outside of such a context. I use it, for example, to create a list of my monthly and category archive links on my side bar.
  12. This also corresponds with the first stable release of MT Open Source.
  13. I just had a similar problem on my MT blog as well, trying to access mt.cgi to log in got an error that mt-config.cgi could not be found. I aslo had some errors generated by a couple of older plugins. I contacted the TCH help desk as this coincided with my site being migrated from one server (server123) to another (amidala). Nothing had changed on my MT install at all. They made some changes on their end (don't know what) and all is now right with the world. Contact the help desk with the details of your error, maybe they can help.
  14. I'm a member of the MT ProNet mailing list. The whole MTOS project has created quite a buzz in the MT community. Actually the release of MT4 has reinvigorated the community. There are a lot of neat things happening, including the MT Community Solution, MTOS and more. Fun times to be an MT guy. Now, if those last couple of plugins I use would get updated, I could move to MT4 too!
  15. For folks who use a new email address with every web site they encounter, how do you do it? In other words, I might register here with an email of 'tch_forum@domain.com' and only use that address here. Later, if I start getting spam through that address, I can easily come back here and change the email address and I know who is selling my address to spammers (of course, TCH wouldn't do that ). I'm wondering how this is managed. Certainly, folks aren't setting up a new email account through cpanel every time, are you? I'm assuming that you're relying on your 'catchall' account to receive it, right? Maybe it's just that easy, but I thought I'd ask anyway to see if there's something I'm missing. Seems like there's got to be more to it, since you'd then have lots of 'good' mail intermingled with the other 'junk' that ends up in the catchall account (mostly bounce messages from spammers spoofing your domain) Thanks,
  16. I've been following the beta testing on this one. It looks the best new MT in a long time. They went through a public beta with 7 beta versions and 4 Release Candidates before release. I unfortunately didn't have time to play with it. There's a new interface, modular templates, built in podcasting support, a WYSIWYG editor and more. They are also making MT open source here in the near future. They've also put a lot into new documentation, a sore point in the past, and created 3 new websites - www.movabletype.com is the info site, www.movabletype.org is the community site and blog and they also revamped the plugin directory. The most comprehesive revamp of MT in the 4 years I've been using it. I'm pretty exited about trying it, but I'm waiting until all my plugins get upgraded.
  17. I'm one of the lone MT hold outs around here, but I'm not sure what you're asking about. Are you trying to have your category archives in two places? Probably my ignorance, but can you elaborate on what that path means? I'm not sure what the '%-c' & '%i' means. Also, what version of MT are you running? You could also try the MT support forums. Probably find some folks with with more knowledge than me.
  18. FYI ... Six Apart just announced that one of the services used by the built in spam processor in MT, Spamlookup, is no longer online. This may cause delays in commenting. In that announcement they gave instructions on how to change Spamlookup's configuration to check another free service. Better yet, skip Spamlookup altogether and install the Ccode/Tcode plugin and don't worry about comment or trackback spam again.
  19. The Spam Karma solution for MT is Ccode/Tcode. Since implementing it, my spam has gone to zero. In fact, I'm considering disabling Spamlookup as comments don't make it to Spamlookup for processing. My junk folder is empty and I never bother to check it anymore. It's a good thing. :-) Not sure that's your problem, though, but if all your settings in the feedback section are set to allow comments from anyone without moderation, I'm not sure what to tell you. You might check the MT forums, there are more experienced folk there.
  20. Oh, and BTW, your main page came up fine for me on IE7 based Maxthon. The individual pages were OK, but generated the script error and took a long time to load.
  21. Hmmm. I wish I could help, but I know nothing about JS. I think the 'bakecookie' stuff has to do with the 'remember me' buttons on the comment form, but I'm not sure. I know I've seen that in the comment section of the individual archive template. I hope you figure it out and if you do, let us know what it was.
  22. I don't remember what filtering tools exist in MT 3.17. At some point (MT 3.2, I think), Six Apart seriously upgraded the search and filtering tools and you'd be able to filter by approved or unapproved comments. That said, deleting thousands of comments is still going to be time consuming. It may be easier to do through directly in the mySQL database, but I'm not sure how. As far as avoiding spam in the first place, I agree that an upgrade is in order, but don't listed to Bruce (he and I have a friendly MT vs. WP thing going on here), there's no need to go to WordPress. :-D Upgrade to MT 3.2 at least and get the Ccode / Tcode plugin. I've been using it for several months now and haven't gotten a single spam comment or trackback since. The spam comments don't even make it to MT's SpamLookup plugin (also new in MT 3.2, I think) for processing. I've been using MT for 3+ years since version 2.661 and tried many anti-spam techniques. This has been the absolute best, every bit as good as Spam Karma.
  23. FYI - My server is fine now. Never did hear back from Earthlink, not did the help desk. Emails just started going through again week or so ago.
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